🎮 Facebook Launches Fantasy Games

08/06/2021

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Facebook Launches Fantasy Games

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Facebook has launched fantasy sports and games in the United States and Canada that will allow users to predict what will happen in sports, TV shows, and pop culture content.

The first game available on the social media platform is “Pick & Play Sports,” a daily prediction competition made with Whistle Sports.

The game allows fans to earn points for correctly guessing game-winners, points scored by each player among other events during matches.

In addition to Pick & Play Sports, Facebook has also planned to release more games in the coming months, letting users forecast outcomes on TV shows including, “The Bachelorette” and “Survivor.”

In an effort to keep users using its services more, Facebook has been expanding more into gaming services of late.

And with the addition of fantasy games, the company will encourage users to spend more time on the social media platform and may take the first step in competing with bigger sports entities.

iPhone 13 Satellite Features Might Only be Available in Selected Markets

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Apple could include satellite communications support in the “iPhone 13.” However, reports claim that only units sold in some selected markets will gain functionality.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple was introducing support for satellite communications in the “iPhone 13,” using a customized baseband chip. While other analysts doubted the claims, some reports seem to support the rumor.

Prominent and reliable Apple tipster Mark Gurman has said in his Bloomberg “Power On” newsletter that satellite features are only going to be available in areas without any cellular coverage and only in select markets.

Gurman also claims that the features won’t allow satellite calls to be made anywhere without using cellular access, as it would cause a dissent from the phone carriers that Apple relies on.

Further, it looks like the tech giant has bigger plans for the satellite communication option, possibility with its own satellite network; however, these plans apparently are a long way off though.

Spanish Startup Factorial Raises $80 Million

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Factorial, a Spanish startup that has built a platform allowing SMEs to perform HR functions with the same type of tools that are typically used by much larger companies, has raised $80 million in series B funding at a $530M valuation.

The funding round was led by Tiger Global, and also included participation from previous investors CRV, Point Nine, Creandum, and K Fund.

The startup provides intelligence and resources for businesses to be better, more efficient, to communicate better and develop their professionals, to hire the right talent for them, and compensate their teams properly.

In 2020, Factorial witnessed its business soar as the coronavirus pandemic abruptly changed work dynamics, requiring companies to adapt and optimize recruitment, team management process, hiring, taking the HR sector to a more strategic level.

Factorial will use the new funding to expand its operations geographically, especially deeper into Latin American markets, and will continue to enrich its product with more features.

Binance Stops Singapore Products on Main Platform After Regulator’s Warning

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Binance, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, said it will stop offering Singapore dollar payment options and trading pairs.

This move comes days after the Monetary Authority of Singapore said that Binance may be in violation of the country’s Payment Services Act.

In response, Binance said that it will stop offering Singapore dollar payment options and Singapore dollar trading pairs from September 10 and remove the app from the Singapore iOs and Google Play stores.

Financial authorities across the world have been cracking down on Binance for failure to comply with local regulations including, the unlicensed provision of exchange services.

For now, Binance has advised all its users to complete all SGD-related peer-to-peer transactions and remove all associated trades by September 9 to avoid possible trading issues.

This recommendation follows after an announcement that Binance P2P will remove all SGD trading pairs by noon September 9.

Binance, which has been acting quickly to address regulator concerns, is also awaiting the review of its application to operate in Singapore.

Around The Web

🏥 Caregiving Startup Homage Raises $30 Million: Singapore-based technology-led caregiving and health startup, Homage, has raised $30 million in a Series C funding round that will help the expansion of its overseas footprint and B2B operations.

😲 Whatsapp to Launch Message Reactions Feature: WhatsApp, the popular messenger app, is reportedly working on a new feature that will allow users to react to messages, which is already available on Instagram and Facebook Messenger.

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